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The Return of Rafe MacKade (The MacKade Brothers #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,266 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Ten years later and the bad boy of the bunch had returned home. Appealing as ever, not even lovely Regan Jones, the town's reserved antiques dealer, was immune to Rafe MacKade. Regan claimed her plans didn't include relationships with rebels, but her reaction to The Return of Rafe MacKade -- and his sizzling kisses -- said something quite different.
Hardcover, Large Print, 289 pages
Published December 9th 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published 1995)
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valee
This was the greatest, sweetest and loveliest book ever. It might be short but in this case it worked just fine. Seriously don't stop reading this book just because it's shorter than most of NR's books because this one is a really outstanding read. I haven't read much from this author, only her In Death series and her In the Garden trilogy ... I'm sorry to mention that while I like her In Death series, I didn't enjoy that much the other one. And eventually I got a bit bored of the In Death serie ...more
Brooke Moss
Frankly, the day I have the sales record and the fanbase that Nora Roberts has, will be the day I criticize her books. Though this book felt sort of "formulaic", it was a consistent read. When I pick up a Nora Roberts book, I expect to be 1.) Entertained; 2.) I expect lots of romance and heat (not overly hot...just hot. Romance readers will understand what I'm saying.), 3.) I expect the characters to fall in love despite the fact they never expected to, and 4.) I expect a H.E.A. (Because I am a ...more
Mareli
I love those series about a little town, everybody with a history known by everyone, LOL.

In this first book we meet Rake McKade, gone away for a long time and just come back. He's a very sweet and caring hero, trying to be hard but he has a very romantic heart. She's sassy and strong and she knows what she wants. So, he capitulated with grace. In the background there's this haunted house, bought by Rafe with ghosts and stories.

A really nice reading. I'm already on book 2.
Lady Jaye
Sep 15, 2011 Lady Jaye rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of contemporary romance
Recommended to Lady Jaye by: Lady Vale
3.5 stars

This is the first book in a quartet that comes highly recommended by Lady Vale (and most of my other friends who have read it have loved it too). And no one writes contemporary romance quite like Nora Roberts. So with these two things in mind, I was sure I was going to love the book/series. Things didn’t happen quite like I planned.

I haven’t read a contemporary romance for some time, and it took a while, but Nora Roberts sucked me into the fabric of her story and made me care about what
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Mojca
Oh, wow. No matter the "age of material", Nora Roberts simply never disappoints. I don't know how the woman did it/does it/will probably continue doing it, but she always delivers. (I found that the stories by her that didn't really "sing" to me were just read at inopportune moments.)

And this little, ole gem was no different. With just the right amount of romance, suspense, family, and friends, and a haunted house thrown into the mix, this was a winner the moment I picked it up. Wonderful charac
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Jacob Proffitt
This book was a little problematic, but mostly because of Rafe's characterization. Regan is awesome, though her interactions with Rafe are a little too subtly drawn. Which is part of the problem with Rafe's characterization, really. You see, Rafe is one of those mostly inarticulate men who expresses himself physically—often violently in contexts with other men (say, his brothers). He isn't mean, vicious, or uncontrolled, but it'd be easy to read him as dangerous if you aren't careful. Unfortunat ...more
ShoSho
A hunted bed and breakfast in a small town with a bunch of hot brothers ? It sound so familiar! Oh yes Nora Roberts wrote it again in 2011 The Next Always . I liked this one better!
Victoria
I really, really, really loved this book... it was oh so sexy and romantic!!! I can't wait to read the other books in the series.
Lauren
The Return of Rafe MacKade
4 Stars

Regan and Rafe’s romance is your typical clash of wills storyline as Regan strives to maintain her independence in the face of her intense attraction to Rafe. The characters are well developed with enough detail concerning their pasts to make the conflict between the two believable. Moreover, the small town atmosphere and the dynamic between the MacKade brothers is wonderful, and their banter and antics make them completely irresistible.


The secondary plot revolv
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Anne OK
Enjoyable romance from Nora Roberts. I almost always am a sucker for a family-related series. This one includes four brothers, the MacKade boys. Gorgeous bad boys - each and every one in his own right. Rafe left town ten years ago. Now he's back and is going to prove something to the town who always thought he would end up in jail or dead. And along comes a beautiful antique dealer and reeks havoc on Rafe's plans. There's a haunted house involved, a lot of humorous dialogue, a wonderful romance, ...more
Kate Sherwood
DNF

I think old-school romance is just not for me. At ALL.

I mean, I only made it a few chapters in to this one, but if a random man I was trying to do business with kept lifting me up and carrying me when I expressly told him not to, unbuttoning my clothes when we were in the middle of a business conversation (without ANY prior relationship or invitation) and kissing me without invitation moments after I'd passed out and while I was still trying to maintain a business relationship, I'd call him
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Leea
2.5...

This is my second Nora Roberts book and I have to say, I enjoyed the story but not the delivery. Maybe it was just how Regan and Rafe played games and that just started to bother me.

I'm interested in Regan's friend Cassie and how she might play into the series.
Amanda Sheila
I loved it!

I rarely read Nora Roberts mostly because I haven't really know her style of writing. I guess I'm too caught up with Diana Palmer so I don't know a thing about her books.

This is my second book of Nora Roberts I've read and so far, this one's my favorite. I like Rafe, Nora wrote him differently. As an 'alpha' man, sure he's intimidating and big but I like the way Nora described his feeling so vivid and simple. Even though sometime the change of point of view is a but confusing but I
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Cindi
It's Nora Roberts so of course I loved it.
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Kaetrin
Why I read it: I’ve had this entire series on my TBR for ages. I’m reviewing the second book for AudioGals and I thought I’d listen to the first one as well (and beforehand) so I bought it from Audible. My TBL is much shorter than my TBR and sometimes, listening is a way I can get to something more quickly.

What worked for me (and what didn’t): What struck me the most about this book, is its plot similarities to the first Inn Boonsboro book, The Next Always. That series had three brothers, this o
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
When I picked up THE RETURN OF RAFE MACKADE whilst browsing in my local library, I had no idea what to expect because I had never read any of Nora Roberts books before. Well, I picked a real winner! It’s a great story full of romance, passion, drama and humour, not to mention those delicious MacKade brothers.

Trouble is rare in the small town of Antietam, Maryland but, whenever there is trouble, the MacKade brothers, Jared, Rafe, Devin and Shane are sure to be in the middle of it. But bad boy of
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Maria
I actually loved it. I loved the simplicity of the relationship, the hard love between the brothers, the strong back bone of the Heroine, Regan and the small but important references to ghosts.

Rafe MacKade has always been trouble. He went through girls and fights at the same pace growing up but moving away and finding his feet changed him.
When he came back after 10 years he found his home town both changed and the same. His brothers had grown up and found their callings, new shops had opened and
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April
I'm still fairly new to Nora Roberts, and it's because of her best-selling status and huge backlist that I decided to give her a try in the first place. Spellbound didn't wow me, frankly, though I did like it. Since it was the cheapest of her books at the time, I figured I needed to give her at least a few more shots, assuming it wasn't likely anywhere near her best. Then the MacKade brothers series went on sale at Fictionwise, along with the Stars of Mithra series, so before I knew it I'd bough ...more
Pepa
Por eso no leo harlequines, porque me parecen todos iguales, síii, ya sé que la mayoría de historias románticas son iguales, jajaj pero los harlequines me lo parecen más.
No me gustan los vaqueros.... ala, ya lo he dicho jajajaja, qué prepotencia, está claro que no son de mi estilo, van demasiado de sobrados.. jajajaja

Tengo que escoger otro tipo de libro para leer a esta mujer, me gusta su estilo, pero ... se queda corta
Taryn Elliott
I just looked at the original copyright date on this one. 1995. Yeesh. I was twenty years old the first time I read this. Nora has always had the ability to write families that you can't help but care about and the MacKades are no different.

"He's hooked." Jared grinned and lifted his beer. "And his heart looks so pretty, right there on his sleeve."


It's banter like this that makes me laugh right out loud and what always keeps me coming back for more.

This was a fun re-read. A few places felt rus
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Marse
Que gran manera de escribir tiene esta autora, esta serie es corta pero interesante. Buena trama pero me llama más la historia de Cassie..
Duncan Mandel

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts returns with the classic tales of the MacKade brothers—their rebellions, their passions and their loves

Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has come home. Cleaned up and successful now—though still dangerously good-looking—Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire…and tongues wagging. Not even lovely newcomer Regan Bishop is immune to his charms. Though Regan claims to not want to get involved with a rebel, Rafe's pretty sure t

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Cathy Ryan
4.5 stars


I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while but didn’t get round to reading it yet. When I saw it released in audio format with Luke Daniels that was the only incentive I needed to purchase the audiobooks.

For all his macho maleness I liked Rafe, his confused feelings and inner fight were written so well and Regan’s misplaced need to be totally opposite to her mother made her go too far to the other extreme. Rafe and Regan both think they know what they want but discover it might not be
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Kim
Hunky guy, intelluctual chick... what's not to love. Four close brothers and a book on each brother in this series. I really enjoy when Nora Roberts does these series because as you read on you get to know the characters more and draw from one book to the other. The series I read before wss the "Bride Quartet" and I loved it. Theresa should read those. This is first in series and I am going right on.
Rachel Marie
The Return of Rafe MacKade Book Review This was so much fun! It's a cheesy, fast paced, simple, contemporary romance - perfect for Nora Roberts fans. I, myself, have only read the ARC copy of The Collector (which came out earlier this month.) What's great about Roberts is she writes in all genres, romance, fantasy, mystery, etc. This is my first of her romance novels and I know I'll be picking up more.

Rafe MacKade has returned to Washington County, MD after ten years. His bad boy reputation stil
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Jacqueline
Short and sweet. A simple story of two people who meet and fall in love with a few miscommunication issues along the way. Loved the interaction with his brothers. And I'm looking forward to reading their stories.
Megan
The ending of this book was sooo funny. I loved this book and the whole series. Nora Roberts is so great!
Allison O'Brien


Loved it. Joe Dolin needs an ass whopping. Love Reagan and Rafe.
CaroB
Great quick read!
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